“The Gingerbread Metaphor” / Memorable Fancies #218

Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods, but they come across a small house. Gretel says that they have become a metaphor of the human condition, finding refuge in the midst of despair. Hansel says nothing, because his mouth is full of gingerbread. The door of the house swings slowly open. A smiling face peers out. The metaphor continues. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – XVIII: The Travel Brochure” / Memorable Fancies #471

     “Experience Mombasa on this special tour. Browse for native crafts as our highly trained security forces accompany you. (And not to worry; we hire only vegetarians for these jobs.) Best of all, Mombasa’s centuries-old mix of nationalities and races allows you to sample a wide variety of flavors and textures of the various native groups. Before you know it, you’ll be able to tell a Hadimu from a Sukuma with one bite!”<END>     If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – XV: Three Quotations” / Memorable Fancies #461

“Anthropophagy, the act of eating human fleſh. This horrid practice is ſaid to prevail in ſome parts of Africa and America. But it is greatly to be doubted if ever ſuch a cuſtom exiſted.” --  Encyclopædia Britannica (1769) # “Cannibalism ... dates from the earliest known existence of man on earth. It may reasonably be believed to be a custom which all peoples have practiced.” -- William Graham Sumner, Folkways (1906) # “If the Jou-Jou hadn’t meant us to eat people, He wouldn’t have … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – IX” / Memorable Fancy #434

  [The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]        Because hubes were people, they had always been counted for purposes of Congressional representation, even if the farmers and ranchers who owned them would not allow them to vote.      Massachusetts, as the last state not allowing hube-farming, brought suit in federal court to change this practice.       Mississippi, as the state with the largest number of farmed hubes, defended the principles that these … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – VIII” / Memorable Fancies #431

  [The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]       More far-sighted and patient than the fast-buck hube farmers, Arthur Leben’s farms spared especially choice males and females as breeding stock. He was aware of the dangers of in-breeding, but that would not appear for several generations, and by that time Arthur would have made his fortune many times over. This process was not only called “good business practice,” but “ethical” as well, the two terms being synonymous in Arthur’s … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – VI” / Memorable Fancies #428

     Free-range hubes were fine, everyone’s ideal. Let them breathe what’s left of the fresh air before they give the last full measure of devotion. But still, in a small enclosed space, with constant control of heat, light, water, vitamins, the piping-in of soft music, the repeated repeated “it’s OK … it’s OK …” from the recordings played in each pen, the contented hubes grew faster than the free-range kind, and fatter, and their meat was more tender. “Kobe hube” was especially prized. [hube … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations III – Factory Farms” / A Memorable Fancy #417

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]      The “volunteers,” as they were called, were marketed as free-range hube-meat although most had come from inner cities or pockets of poverty in the hinterland, and neither type could really be considered free-range. Arthur Leben contemplated this, the toughness of their meat, and the danger of disease or ingestion of second-hand narcotics. He made a decision: he would establish a hube factory-farm, where the future meat could live … [Read more...]